ESL Conversation Questions About Vacations

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? This question is a great way to get your ESL (English as a Second Language) students thinking about vacations. This lesson will provide you with vacation-related conversation questions students can practice answering with a partner or on their own.


Vacations, or holidays as some students may say, are a great topic for an ESL (English as a Second Language) classroom because they provide students the opportunity to express a wide range of feelings and opinions. When talking about vacations, encourage your learners to use descriptive words that engage the five senses. If they went to a beach, what did the beach smell like? What sounds did they hear? How did the sand feel between their toes?

You can ask the following questions as a way of assessing student progress or put students into pairs and let them ask and answer with each other. Whichever option you choose, try to get students to offer detailed answers that demonstrate applied knowledge of English vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar.

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